The Dodger Stadium COVID-19 testing site, which is the largest in the U.S., reopened today, January 4, 2021, after a weekend closure for restructuring to alleviate traffic in the area. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Testing lines were short this afternoon at Dodger Stadium on Monday, January 11, 2021. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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People in vehicles make their way through the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 testing site, Monday, January 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

People in vehicles make their way through the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 testing site, Monday, January 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

People in vehicles make their way through the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 testing site, Monday, January 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

People in vehicles make their way through the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 testing site, Monday, January 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

People in vehicles make their way through the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 testing site, Monday, January 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

People in vehicles make their way through the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 testing site, Monday, January 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

People in vehicles make their way through the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 testing site, Monday, January 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

People in vehicles make their way through the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 testing site, Monday, January 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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As public health officials push to accelerate the mammoth task of inoculating 10 million Los Angles County residents, the coronavirus testing center at Dodger Stadium — the largest such facility in the nation — will transform into a mass vaccine distribution site this week, officials confirmed Monday, Jan. 11.

Also converting to the new mission will be another major testing center at Veterans Affairs Lot 15 at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Brentwood, so that public health officials can deploy more staff, gear and supplies toward vaccinating the state’s most populous county.

“It’s all hands on deck to accelerate equitable and safe distribution of the vaccine,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom, who added that another Major League Baseball stadium, Petco Park in San Diego, as well as Sacramento’s sprawling Cal Expo, home of the California State fair, will also become centers for vaccine distribution. Additional large-scale vaccine centers — the scale for which has never been attempted in modern history — were expected to pop up around the state soon as the rollout of the vaccine moves beyond hospitals and long-term care centers.

The decision could create a testing gap, at least in the short term, according to Dr. Christina Ghaly, county Health Services Director, as the county will lose roughly one-third of its testing capacity.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

      

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